Drive: A Road Trip Through Our Complicated Affair With The Automobile

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Penguin Canada, May 6, 2008 - History - 288 pages
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Liberation, lust, envy, rage, power, thrill—our cars provoke enough emotion to jam a six-lane highway.

If you name your ride, reminisce about sex in the back seat or enjoy roaring down the open road, you know why we love our wheels. But if you hate traffic, curse at the price at the pump or fight over parking spaces, you know why we hate them too.

Drive is a cross-continent adventure that explores where our fuel-injected dreams have taken us. Award-winning journalist Tim Falconer invites us on his road trip as he meets vintage car enthusiasts on Route 66, rides along in a police cruiser, kicks the tires at a Las Vegas auto show and takes a hydrogen-powered car for a spin.

Steering us along North America's interstates and blue highways, meandering through small towns, sprawling suburbs and walkable neighbourhoods, Falconer shows us the growing collision of cars and people. In this complicated affair, who's really in the driver's seat?

Can smart growth, public transit and complete streets free us?

A spirited, front-seat view of quirky locals and locales, Drive looks at what auto-dominated life means to our health, environment and communities. Falconer also opens the door on British and Argentine car cultures, and considers the road ahead for China and India, nations with increasingly American attitudes. As billions grab their keys, can we avoid carmageddon?

"[A] fascinating survey of the automobile and its effect on society … A fun book about a serious topic." —Winnipeg Free Press

"Essential reading for any Canadian intrigued by the conundrum of finding better ways to get from here to there." —Spacing magazine

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* * * 1/2 An interesting look at mostly North America's relationship with the car and how our society has essentially become subjugated to the car instead of the car being an instrument of freedom ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Born and raised in Toronto, Tim Falconer studied mining engineering and English literature at McGill University in Montreal and journalism at Carleton University. A freelance magazine writer since 1985, he has written for many Canadian publications, and his profiles of activists have appeared in such magazines as Toronto Life and The Financial Post Magazine. His latest books include Drive and Watchdogs and Gadflies: Activism from Marginal to Mainstream. He teaches magazine writing at Ryerson University in Toronto.

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